Malaria remains a major public health issue in Burkina Faso and is endemic throughout the country. Eighty percent of the estimated 19 million residents of Burkina Faso live in rural areas, where they are at greater risk for poverty and poorer health than their urban counterparts. In 2014, the proportion of children infected with malaria parasites in rural areas was three times that of children living urban areas. Malaria prevention and control activities are guided by a national malaria control strategy, which supports the long-term vision of eliminating malaria in Burkina Faso by 2030. The strategy includes support for vector control, seasonal malaria chemoprevention for children under five years of age, intermittent preventive treatment for pregnant women, case management, and behavior change communication.
The PMI VectorLink Project in Burkina is working with the MOH, the NMCP, PMI, the Regional Health Directorate, the District Health Management Team (DHMT), and other stakeholders to achieve at least 85% spray coverage in the IRS targeted districts. Based on discussions with the NMCP and PMI, the PMI VectorLink Project will aim to cover 250,575 eligible structures in 2018, protecting an estimated 814,369 inhabitants in the three districts.
In addition, the project will:
- Support training, capacity-building, and advocacy at the national, regional, and district levels as a means of achieving IRS sustainability. A national capacity building training /boot camp to enhance the supervision and leadership skills to manage, plan, implement, and monitor an IRS campaign for IRS managers will be organized. The training will be attended by officials involved in IRS management and supervision and will address the challenges identified during previous campaigns. A national IRS training manual will be developed and adapted to the Burkina Faso’s context.
- Conduct regular monitoring and evaluation (M&E) for the IRS program, including the involvement of NMCP into the M&E activities during the spray campaign at the district level.
- Carry out logistics assessment in all districts and arrange all procurement, shipping, delivery, and storage of sprayers, spare parts, insecticides and personal protective equipment (PPE), in close coordination with the NMCP.
- Work with the NMCP and other local partners to coordinate information, education, and communication (IEC), sensitization, and mobilization activities to raise awareness and encourage acceptance of IRS
- Work with the NMCP and the target Directorates of Agriculture and Environment to ensure environmental compliance through inspections before, during, and after spraying
- Conduct entomological monitoring surveillance activities to determine the quality of the IRS campaign, the duration/residual effect of insecticides, the susceptibility of local vectors to WHO Pre-Qualified approved insecticides for use in malaria vector control, and to monitor vector density, seasonality, and vector behavior.
- Implement long lasting insecticide nets (LLINs) durability study to assess the chemical and physical durability of regular pyrethroid, piperonyl butoxide (PBO) and G2 nets (PermaNet® 3.0.).
PMI VectorLink IRS Campaign 2019
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